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health care holdup. reform legislation hits a snag in the senate. anger rising. democrats who voted for reform get death threats. >> i hope you die. >> there are millions of people across the country who wish you ill. and this just in. a news anchor hits a new low on live tv. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, march 25th, this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, march 25th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning.
i'm michelle gielan. the heated debate over the just passed health care reform law has boileded over. this morning the fbi is investigating acts of vandalism and threats against democrats who voted for the measure. mean while, in the senate, it was an overnightmare thon of frustration as democrats voted down dozens of republican attempts to change a followup bill. tara mergener is in washington with the latest. >> reporter: well, for hours, one republican amendment after another was shot down. then the decision democrats were afraid of. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: the health care fix-it bill will go back to the house despite furious efforts by democrats to keep that from happening. a spokesman for senate majority leader harry reid says two minor problems with the measure were discovered. but once they're removed, he believes it won't affect the overhaul bill and the house will quickly pass it again.
the new kas after senate members stayed up well into the early morning hours voting on amendments. >> more amendment votes today than we had in the entire month of december. >> reporter: they'll continue the rigorous debate this morning as president obama heads the road again in iowa to drum up support for the new that you. and house democrats are still dealing with the backlash from pushing that measure through. the fbi is investigating death threats and acts of vandalism against several who voted for the reform. >> you will rue the day you did this, mr. stupak. >> i hope you die. >> reporter: michigan's bart stu spach just one of more than ten members who received frightening voice males from angry constituents. at least four congressional offices across the country also have been vandalismed. both democrats and the gop are condemning the behavior. in a statement, republican house leader john boehner said, i know many americans who angry over this health care bill.
and that washington democrats aren't listening. but as i've said, violence and threats are run acceptable. but democrats say that's not enough. they want republicans to speak out more strongly to help keep the situation from getting even worse. and as for the bill, once these provisions are deleted and the senate passes it, the house will vote if approved, it goes to president obama. michelle, back to you. >> and, tara, a new krbsz news poll shows the president's approval rating a getting a bounce after health care reform was passed, but it isn't all good news, is it? >> reporter: no, that is very true. the mums show that two out of three americans or 62% want republican it is keep fighting against against this bill. only 30% believe the bill will make health care any better. just 16% think the bill will mostly help them, but 30% think it will mostly hurt. the president certainly has his work cut out for him.
>> all right, aura merir tara, . as promised, president obama signed an executive order that reaffirmed a ban on using federal funds to pay for abortions. a small group of anti-abortion rights democrats were on hand yesterday at the white house.president made the deal to ensure their votes on the health care legislation.president supports abortion rights. now to a benchmark in social security. this year social security will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes. something that wasn't expected until 2016. the change will have no affect on benefits according to the congressional budget office. the "new york times" reports th payments are vichb more than expected because of unemployment and people taking benefits sooner than they had planned. no progress to report in efforts to it end a growing dispute between u.s. and israel. at issue is israel's plan to build new housing in east jerusalem. talks last night between prime minister netanyahu and u.s.
special mideast on voi george mitchell failed to resolve the matter. netanyahu met twice with president obama. new rules are being implemented to make it harder to discharge a soldier under the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. today defense secretary robert gates will unveil the new guidelines. they call for testimony from a third party under oath, the discharge of unlisted personnel must be approved by an officer holding the rank of at least a one star general. both gates and president obama have called for the law to be repealed. if all goes as planned, tyud and russia will sign a new nuclear arms treaty in two week. it was agreed to wednesday. it limits the number of nuclear warheads for each side to about 1500. it also reduces the number of mess sills a missiles and bombs th s thas th the weapons. dramatic new video of a volcano in central iceland, this
one of several located under a glacier. 600 people were evacuated sunday but have been allowed to return to their homes. so far there are reports of injuries or damages, none of those, but the pictures are sure pretty. on the cbs "moneywatch," a mixed day for stocks in asia this morning. emily myth is here in new york with that and more. >> reporter: yeah, the nikkei finished up a fraction while the hang seng lost about 1%. this morning wall street gets a look at weekly jobless claims, wednesday the markets valley ran out of steam where the dow lost 52 points, the nasdaq was down 16. despite the health care overhaul, a typical couple retiring this year enrolling in medicare will need a quarter of a million dollars to cover medical expenses for the rest of their life. a study by fidelity investments says the estimate factors in medicare premiums, co-payments and deductibilities as well as out of pocket prescription costs. the housing market is sill struggling to recover and all the stormy winter weather didn't help.
the government reports that new homes were selling last month at the slowest peace on record, a record that goes back nearly half a century. some mortgage relief may be on the way for bank of america clients. for customers who owe more than 120% of their home's value, the bank says it will forgive up to a third of their loan balance. bank of america expects 45,000 customers will qualify for the program. the plan is set to begin in may. and get ready for higher ticket prices at the movies. some theaters are jacking prices over 20% starting this friday. major chains are trying to capitalize on the surge in revenue fueled by 3d hits like "avatar" and "alice in wonderland." the jump in prices will be seen mostly for 3d flicks. say it isn't so, michelle. >> it already feels kind of expensive. >> yeah. emily smith here in new york. thanks. just ahead, tanning salons in the hot seat over cancer risk. plus, a defendant kind of police chase as wild horses stampede through the streets.
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legalize marijuana for recreational use. if the proposition is approved, adults 21 years and older could legally have up to one ounce of the drug and residents could grow it in lemted quantities. medical marijuana is already legal in california and 14 other states, but it remains illegal under federal law. today the food and drug administration will consider imposing stricter safety regulations on tanning salons. the concern of course is skin cancer. sandra hughes reports. >> reporter: this 19-year-old says she companies to the tanning salon to feel good about herself. >> epg it makes me look swlim and more perky being tan. >> reporter: 30 million americans visit tanning businesses every year. but there are increasing questions about tanning beds and skin cancer. the food and drugged a men vags still classifies indoor tanning devices as class one medical devices, which means that these dangerous devices are considered as innocuous as bandages and as tongue depress ors.
>> reporter: tanning salon oerps say they take precautions like this computer program that won't allow a customer to tan twice in one day. >> we educate them on the exposure schedules that the fda has given us. we don't want them to get red or overexposed. >> reporter: but doctors have warned for years that any kind of exposure to ultraviolet rays froms sun or in a tanning salon can lead to several types of skin cancer, including melanoma, which kills one person every hour in this country. >> saying that there is safe way to tan is almost saying that there's a safe way to drive drunk. >> reporter: but even if there are new rule, that won't stop rachel donahue. >> it's really about what you personally want to do to your body and i think tanning should be a personal decision, not by the government. >> reporter: a personal decision, but a risky one. sandra hughes, cbs news, los angeles. veteran actor robert culp has died after collapsing outside his hollywood home yesterday. culp's long career included head
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, mostly cloudy at 54. miami, 80. chicago, 51. denver sunny at 48. los angeles, sunny and 70. time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows thick storm clouds extending from the midwest to the lower mississippi valley. it's beginning to clear up over the plains after yesterday's rain and snow. it's a dry morning across the southwest. and things are gray and damp for much of the northwest. now later today, showers will be scattered across the northwest. the southwest stays dry. skies will be bright and sunny over the rockies and plains. it will turn rather cold across the upper midwest. and it will be gray and soggy
from the central appalachians to the gulf coast. in sports, big lebron led the way in the big easy. lebron james scored 38 for cleveland, including an alley-oop jam in the second quarter. james also had 11 assists including a pass to hicks son for a score and james showed his quickness anding a guilt driving for a left-handed floater against the glass. the cavs won it 105-92. ? n. charlotte, teach jackson scored a seechb high 37 points against minnesota. gerald wallace added 23, including a second quarter drive and flip for a score. the timberwolves took their 14th straight loss 108-95. and speaking of serial losers, you how about the new jersey nets. with 26 points from a determined brooke lopez, the nets beat visiting sacramento 93-79.
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plains and rockies and the northwest will be gray and wet. here's another look at this morning's top stories. senate republicans found a technical snag in the health care reform reconciliation bill. that means the house will have to vote on the measure again. and the fbi is investigating threats and acts of violence against democratic lawmakers who voted for the health care reform law. some congressmen had their office windows shattered with rocks and menacing phone messages have been left on lawmakers' voice mails. now to the war in afghanistan where more than 2,000 civilians were killed in fighting last year. a quarter of those deaths were caused by u.s.-led nato forces. so the military is returning to a tack tech familiar to anyone who has seen a movie about world war ii. david martin reports. >> reporter: a low level run
firing six inch bullets instead of 1 hourks pounds bombs doctor on eye was a common tactic in world war ii. but it gave way to the shock and awe of more destructive precision guided weapons. now with the urgent need to reduce civilian casualties in afghanistan, streaking is making a 21st century combat. >> since general mcchrystal took over in afghanistan, we've devoted significant more training to strief. >> reporter: the captain's squadrons are preparing for their next tour over afghanistan. cbs news spent two days flying with them. hundreds of bullets are loaded into the nose, turning lieutenant commander jason gust ten's $60 million jet into a flying machine gun. >> we expect the bullets to come out of the gun to be b. within about 30 feet from where we point the muzzle on the i don't understand. >> reporter: that's about the same accuracy as laser or satellite guided bomb. but look at the difference between the blast effects of a bomb and a striefing run in
afghanistan. gustin noses in to the dive. that helmet he's wearing has a computer which projects the target on to the inside of his visor. the number of bombs dropped in afghanistan is steadily decreasing. but striefing runs remain constant at more than 1,000 each year. the old fashioned tactic of striefing is becoming the weapon of choice. david martin, cbs news, with fighter attack squadron 211. for a tv anchor in fin land, a career low light when she fell off her chair. it happened during a live broadcast. she was reading a story about a journle a level award and then the unexpected. >> she got up from the floor and barely held it together long enough to toss to weather.
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good morning. i'm andrea roane. here's some stories we are following for you. senate republicans have succeeded in forcing a change in the newly signed health care measure. the change means the health care overhaul will have to return to the house for a final congressional approval. this comes as president obama heads to iowaed to to continue his sales pitch on health care
reform. the fbi is investigating acts of vandalism and threats directed at democrats who voted in favor of health care reform. bricks have been thrown through windowof congressional offices and other lawmakers have received threatening voice mails. in a statement, house republican leader john boehner says "violence and threats are unacceptable." a panel of federal judges will hold a hearing on what to do with 100 lawsuits against toyota. the cases which come from all over the country, could be consolidated before a single judge. toyota was hit with an avalanche of lawsuits after the sudden unintention of vehicles. things are looking good today. a good to a little lull coming in. i don't want to say it is a bad day today because the only thing we will see is cloud
cover building in but with the cloud cover we will see sun through morning and midday to get in the lower 70s for most of us. that's the really good news. let's see the temperatures right now. holding generally in the 40sin many places. 47 national. 43 gaithersburg. cooler fredericksburg, 37. light winds this morning. cool morning, not really a chilly start. talk about what is ahead later on tonight. rain and a thunderstorm or two and a chilly forecast for the weekend. >> all right. good morning. happy thursday, everybody. so glad to have you join us early. we are kicking things off with construction. it will be around the next half hour. going southbound you are fine. northbound you need to watch for crews between 370 and middle brook. moving to virginia, 66 eastbound is smooth sailing from gainesville to centreville and through the beltway. on the map, 495 in virginia, nice green cars. problem free from 95 to 66.
andrea? some of dc's best and brightest high school students learned that hard work really does pay off. nine students from eight different schools received full four-year scholarships to george washington university. audrey barnes has more ♪ [ music ] ♪ >> reporter: it had the feel of a ballou high school pep rally but what thissed you was celebrating is dreams come true. >> hailing from my alma mater, nicholas kelly. >> they were doll out to the district's top students to attend one of the district's best universities, george washington. >> i was born at gw -- he was born at gw hospital and he will be there again. give it up for him. >> they went crazy when isaiah west got a full ride scholarship. he would like to be a surgeon. >> it can happen. all you have to do is work hard and believe in yourself and
surround yourself with people who believe in you. >> he earned it. he did every second of it. >> reporter: she is the third sibling in her family to receive a scholarship to gw. >> money is not an issue. i don't have to worry about that, and have that in me back of my mind. >> reporter: their parents have raised gifted and talented kids. >> be close to your children. >> reporter: these scholarships are a huge commitment for george washington university. $16million to 125 kids in the last 21 years an now the latest group of recipients is on the way. audrey barnes, 9 news now. >> past recipients of the scholarship are working in every field imaginable, including medicine, law, engineering and the performing arts. from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news now. good morning. welcome to 9